The soon to be out-of-contract forward was a bit of a misfit after the switch from playing primarily as a winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation to one of two forwards in the preferred 4-4-2 last season. He made $173,666.63 last season in guaranteed compensation.
The Union will get $300,000 in general allocation money in 2020 and up to $75,000 in additional general allocation money in 2021 if the 28-year-old meets certain undisclosed performance metrics.
“We thank Fafa for his time served with the Philadelphia Union,” Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said in a news release. “His charisma on and off the field produced many notable moments for the club. Given our confidence with our roster at the position, this is the best move for club and a great opportunity for the player.”
Picault was signed by the Union as a discovery signing in February 2017. He played three seasons for the club, making 89 regular-season appearances and 68 starts for the team. He scored 21 goals and had 12 assists, tying for the team lead in goals with Cory Burke in 2018 with 10.
The Union traded Auston Trusty to Colorado for up to $750,000 in allocation money last week and announced that they didn’t offer a new deal to out-of-contract veteran Haris Medunjanin, who was selected by FC Cincinnati in Monday’s waiver draft. They also declined options on Marco Fabian, RJ Allen and Fabinho.
New deals have been offered to Ilsinho, Jamiro Monteiro and Aurelien Collin.